JKPSA President, Kamal Gupta briefing media persons.
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JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Private Schools Association (JKPSA) Jammu appealed to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to redress the grievances of Unaided Private Schools in the entire State.
Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Prof. J.L Kotwal, JKPSA Chairman, said that the new policies and number of hurdles deliberately created by the Centre and State Governments discourage the initiative of self supporting private schools which are working for the welfare of mankind.
Prof Kotwal said that although the government promises to create an atmosphere where there is ease of doing business but practically State and its functionaries are hell bent and have come out with such policies and actions which have made private schools hard even to breath.
President of the Association, Kamal Gupta briefed that up till now government has never bothered to stream line the education system.
Now in the name of safety and security which is a paramount for each and every child, Commissioner of Education along with other officials has passed an order on January 4, 2016 to grant recognition to those private schools only having NoC from Traffic Department although hardly one per cent of total students of the State use school buses which are registered after fulfilling all terms and conditions laid by the Apex Court of India.
But who is accountable and responsible for those students who are using regularly more risky mode of transportation viz private buses, matadors, auto rickshaws, etc, he questioned.
He briefed that deployment of security personal for boarding and de- boarding of the students in addition to number of formalities like Installation of CCTV, appointment of surveillance staff, imposition of fine varying Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000 along with implementation of new inspection fee at Rs 3,500 yearly and additional full inspection fee in the 4th year for the further extension in affiliation of private schools by the JKBOSE to generate its revenue imposition of all commercial laws and taxes etc. will hamper the financial status of most of the private schools resulting in their closure.
Delay in approving management committees and granting recognition up to class 8 in Jammu Division is exposing the evil designs of Director School Education Jammu, he said.
Conglomerate of private schools, he said, unanimously demanded withdrawal of all new orders viz NoC from Traffic Deptt, municipality, installation of CCTV, inspection fee and fine.
He also pleaded for exemption of private schools from commercial and labour laws.
Besides this, he said, the government should deploy the police personal at the main gate of all schools functioning in the State by reducing security of all politicians and bureaucrats, grant complete autonomy to the managements while appointing teaching and non teaching staff, install leaders of Private Schools Association from Jammu Division in governing board, fix upper limit of fee so that a school can fix its fee in consultation with the parents accordingly, provide soft loans and subsidies for the expansion and creation of modern facilities, promote single window clearance system to curtail the menace of corruption and initiate stern action against schools functioning without providing healthy infrastructure or running classes without recognition or clubbing or running unauthorised dummy classes.
Others present were Rameshwar Mengi (Vice President), Ajay Gupta (General Secretary), Sanjeev Luthra, Vivek Chouhan, Sat Pal Mansotra, Ajay Singh, Chain Singh abd Siddeshwar Sadotra.
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